Their research has unfolded over three classes in the library as they worked in teams to gain an overall understanding of the issue, develop an awareness of different points of view and determine the arguments their teams would use for their in-class debates.
ASSIGNMENT & EVALUATION:
Note: all resources available via the REMSS library website - see A. Hewitt for passwords needed for remote access
Building on knowledge they acquired during their recent Humanities inquiry, students continued to be aware of the importance of quality information and included the district databases in their print and online research toolkit.
Two databases useful specifically for debate preparation (click the SEE MORE link below to find out resource details...)
- Canadian Points of View Reference Centre (scroll down to the yellow part on the district library homepage) offers current quality resources on Canadian issues. The complexities of each issue are made accessible to students because they are organized into an overview, point (pro), counterpoint (con) and further research.
- Gale's Global Issues in Context. (scroll down to the pink part on the district library homepage) offers current quality resources on global issues. Click on the Browse Issues & Topics tab. The complexities of each issue are made accessible to students because they grouped into a clear overview, global viewpoints, reference, statistics, news, magazines and academic journals.
- Students also used books which generally offered good, relatively complete overviews of the topics involved.
- Websites: Idea Debatabase at idebate.org. Look under the Debatabase tab for Motions, then browse or search.
- Search engine to find other sites: SweetSearch
- Citation Machine - template for APA bibliographies
Debates are schedule to take place in class.